Friday, September 3, 2010

Hot Marlin Action Near Ocean City MD

During late August and the first days of September, marlin fishermen off the coast of Ocean City, Md. have experienced a frenzy of white marlin action.

“It appears the ‘perfect storm’ of conditions came together off the Maryland coast,” said Val Lynch, DNR Sport Fish Advisory Commissioner and veteran offshore angler. “Warm water gyres off the Gulf Stream appeared and held large numbers of baitfish for the marlin to feed on.”

Beginning August 23, the Ocean City record for catch and release white marlin was broken by multiple boats on multiple days culminating on August 30, when Captain John Duffie and his crew on the Billfisher out of Sunset Marina caught and released 57 white marlin. On the same day, nine boats combined for 267 released white marlin.

“This is the best white marlin bite I’ve ever experienced,” said Steve Linhard of Annapolis, Maryland’s representative on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and Captain of the Hot Tuna. “Fishing with Captain Sylvain Cote and Karl Bieberich onboard Espadon out of Ocean City last week, we raised 30 and had 11 bite. At one time we counted seven fish in the spread. Ocean City continues to prove itself to be the White Marlin Capital of the World.”

source: MD DNR press release

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